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Re: OT: Can Reformatting A Hard Drive To ext3 Destroy All the Data On It?

Robert L Cochran wrote:
I have a hard drive that I need to destroy the data on. What is the most dependable way to do this? Can reformatting the drive as ext3 or ext4 or some other filesystem effectively destroy the existing data?

Is there free software that can write zeroes or some form of nonsense to every storage location?


Bob Cochran

As many others have said, the answer is no.

Use the various tools to erase the drive as suggested.

I have actually formatted a drive as VFAT and EXT3 and still recovered data off of that drive. It was not a test but a major mistake on my part. Even recovered data from a drive that was part of an LVM and reformatted.

If the drive is small, it may be better to just destroy the drive. One technique that I read about was to drill holes into the drive and fill it with Cola. The acid will destroy the surface of the drive.

I physically take the drives apart and use the platter for various things. They are so shiny at first. :)

Robin Laing

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